By Abbas Bamalli
The Katsina State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said the heavy rain on Monday, which lasted for almost five hours, caused the death of two persons in Bindawa Local Government Area of the state.
Alhaji Umar Mohammed, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the agency, who confirmed the incident, said over 1,500 houses were affected by the rain in three LGAs of the state.
Mohammed said that over 800 houses were affected in Faskari, 400 in Bindawa and 300 in Sabuwa, adding that the agency was already looking at how to assist the victims.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rain, which started at about 10:00 am on Monday and stopped at about 4:00 pm, forced many motorists to abandon their vehicles.
Some of the residents of Katsina metropolis, who spoke to NAN expressed worry over the flooding of some major streets due to the heavy downpour.
Many motorists driving along Kofar Kaura roundabout and some parts of the layout area of the metropolis were able to divert by using a single lane of the road to their various destinations.
One of the motorists, Malam Muhammad Safana, described the situation as worrisome, saying that the situation could worsen if the heavy rain continued.
“As you have seen, the rain has caused flooding, which filled some major roads in the city, looking for a route to pass, and also some houses were affected.
“As I was passing through the Tudun Katsira layout, some buildings were also affected due to the lack of proper drains in the areas. Even those areas with the drains are blocked by refuse, which obstructed free flow of water during the rainy season,” he said.
Malam Abubakar Sani, another motorist, called on the state government to take immediate measures to prevent further recurrence of such incidents.
“I hope that following this incident, this will serve as a reminder to the state government to take action immediately, to avert future recurrence.” he said. (NAN)